The Cebu Provincial government gave out college education assistance to 56 honor students who graduated from public high schools in March 2008.
Board Member Juan Bolo said the scholarship assistance covers the tuition and other miscellaneous fees of the scholars in any government school.
The Cebu Tertiary Educational Assistance Program (CTEAP) of the provincial government is already on its nine years of existence.
The 56 new scholars, who entered college in June, have brought the total number of scholars under the CTEAP to 148.
?You are very fortunate to have been chosen from among the many applicants of the program,? said Bolo, chairperson of the committee on education of the provincial board, in a scholarship recognition program that was held at the Capitol Social Hall on Tuesday morning.
Gov. Gwen Garcia handed the scholarship certificates to the new scholars. She also inducted the new set of CTEAP officers.
Bolo said that scholars from the different parts of Cebu province were screened by the Local School Board.
The scholars have to maintain an average grade of 2.5 and render community service in a government office of their choice during summer vacation, he said.
?The scholarship grant will be automatically revoked if the student is found to have committed misconduct or misdemeanor against school policies or to have violated the scholarship policies,? said Bolo.
Scholars are also not allowed to shift to another course.
Garcia said she revived the CTEAP two years ago upon the suggestion of Bolo.
The scholarship program was temporarily suspended during the later part of the administration of former governor Pablo Garcia.
The governor said she too recognizes the value of education. Her father, Pablo, proved that poverty is not a hindrance to education.
Governor Garcia told the scholars that her father grew up very poor. His mother, Pepang, supported him and his seven other siblings.
Pablo had to walk eight kilometers daily from their barangay to Dumanjug town proper to attend classes.
The former governor graduated valedictorian in elementary and high school which allowed him to avail of a scholarship at the University of the Philippines where he took up Law.
Governor Garcia said her father ranked third in the Bar exams.
Garcia asked the scholars to make the former governor an inspiration in their studies. /Correspondent Doris Bongcac